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Family and Community Engagement (FACE)

Elk Grove Unified School District believes that family and community engagement is a fundamental component to student success and achievement. When district and school staffs build authentic relationships and encourage collaboration, it creates a culturally responsive mindset, which fosters trust and produces a welcoming environment. We will increase confidence in EGUSD by providing opportunities to partner with all families and the community in ways that support both the academic success and the social/emotional wellness of every student.
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The foundational elements of our work:

  • Relational: it is vital for student success that the relationship between the home, the school and the community serve as the foundation for shared responsibility.
  • Collaborative: we believe in partnering with our families and community stakeholders to provide opportunities for shared learning.
  • Developmental: in order for our students to grow both academically and socially, initiatives must be focused on building staff, community and family capacity to help our students to be college and career ready.
  • Interactive: it is important that we provide engagement opportunities that are interactive and allow families and the community the opportunity for two-way communication.
  • Linked to Learning: All engagement initiatives should be aligned with school and district achievement goals that help students to be college and career ready.

Newcomer Welcome Centers

Our Newcomer Welcome Centers function as community hubs for families who are new to the country and the US education system. Newcomer Welcome Centers play an essential role in helping students and their caregivers acclimate by providing wrap around supports, family education, and community resource connections. Our multilingual team is available to support your family: enrollment, basic needs (food, housing, clothing), school supplies, mental health support, home/school communication, attendance support and much more.

Newcomer Welcome Centers Family Brochure
Welcome to Elk Grove Unified School District

Welcome to Elk Grove Unified School District

FACE Home Visit

FACE Home Visit

F.A.C.E. Staff

F.A.C.E. Staff

Family and Community Support

Antonia Slagle
Program Specialist 
Ana Solano
Program Assistant 
Kathy Wilson
Instructional Coach 
Alma Avalos
Program Educator

Family School Community Liaisons

Alexandria Anderson
Cosumnes Oaks Region
Ebonie Coye
Sheldon Region
Tina Favela
Florin Region
Jaylynne Heffernan
Monterey Trail Region
Rocky Johnson
Elk Grove & Franklin Regions
Ashleygisell Ramirez
Pleasant Grove Region
Satnam Singh
Laguna Creek Region
Keishaun Turner
Valley Region


Newcomer Welcome Centers and Partnerships

Jenny Smith
Newcomer and Refugee Family Coordinator
Patty Gonzalez
Bilingual Program Educator - Spanish 
Rebecca Madiera
Bilingual Program Educator - Cantonese
Samiah Yaqubi
Bilingual Program Educator - Dari/Farsi, Pashto
Ali Benawa
Project Implementer, Cultural Ambassador - Dari/Farsi, Pashto, Urdu

Ahmad Ameerzada
Parent Liaison, Cultural Ambassador - Dari/Farsi, Pashto, Urdu

Attendance and Enrollment

Nancy Ludu
Program Specialist

Melissa Saenz
Program Assistant

Aisha Madu 
Program Educator

Regional Attendance Improvement Technicians

Ashleigh Cloward
Laguna Creek and Sheldon Regions
Heidi Howard
Pleasant Grove and Franklin Regions
Lamarr Jackson
Monterey Trail and Valley Regions
Melissa Saenz
Cosumnes Oaks Region/ Calvine, Daylor, Rio Cazadero Schools & Las Flores
Melissa Zepeda
Forin and Elk Grove Regions

Family and Staff Academic and Wellness Support

Lucy Bollinger
Program Specialist 
Ana Solano
Program Assistant 

Family Resource Teachers

Karen Briggs
Family Teacher Academic Teams, AVID

Laurie Fox
Family Teacher Academic Teams, AVID
Megan Sladen
Family Teacher Academic Teams, AVID
Vicki Trimingham
Family Wellness Series, SEL Family Support

Nancy Lopez
Home Visit Coordinator

Family Focused Mental Health Therapists

Evelin Mejia
Mental Health Therapist 
EGUSD Department of Family Community Engagement Identifier

Family and Community Engagement (FACE)

Lisa Levasseur – Executive Director of School Support
Lysette Lemay - Director
Catrina Quinn – Administrative Assistant
(916) 831-5530
Mailing Address:
Family and Community Engagement
Elk Grove Unified School District
9510 Elk Grove Florin Road, Room 111
Elk Grove, CA  95624